Mens Soccer Prepares
for Bradley, Eastern Illinois 10/4/02
Tenn. The Vanderbilt mens soccer team kicks off
the 2002 Missouri Valley Conference portion of its schedule
at 8 p.m. Friday against No. 10-ranked Bradley at the Vanderbilt
Soccer Complex. The Commodores concluded their weekend home
tilt against Eastern Illinois at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Despite its 2-7 record, Vanderbilt has continued to show
improvement in each its games. Last Sunday, Vanderbilt fell
behind 2-0 to Memphis before storming back to tie the game
at 2-2. Unfortunately, the Tigers scored a goal in the 75th
minute to end the Commodores chances at a come-from-behind
Forward Nik DeMello and midfielder Jack Hartley have been
hot as of late for the Commodores. DeMello and Hartley have
combined for six goals and three assists this season, but
last weekend against Lipscomb and Memphis the two combined
for all four goals.
Bradley is off to a quick start this season, as it comes
into Friday evenings game with an 8-0-2 record. One
of the Braves highlights was their 3-2 win over No.
5-ranked Notre Dame back on September 19. Despite Bradleys
success early on this season, it has always struggled against
the Commodores. Of all the teams in the MVC, Vanderbilt owns
the best winning percentage against Bradley (.833), as it
has defeated the Braves five out of six times.
If the Commodores are going to be successful, they will have
to find a way to shutdown the Braves defense, which
has scored 28 goals in 10 games this season.
Eastern Illinois is a team Vanderbilt head coach Tim McClements
is quite familiar with. McClements spent four years at Eastern
Illinois as head coach before leaving to take an assistant
coaching position at Southern Methodist. While at EIU, McClements
helped turn the mens soccer program around and make
it a serious threat in the MVC. Vanderbilt leads the all-time
series with EIU 4-2; however, the Panthers have won the last
Now under the guidance of head coach of Adam Howarth, the
Panthers are looking to continue the success they had in the
past. EIU enters this weekends games with an overall
record of 4-5, and are coming off a difficult 4-0 loss at
St. Louis. The Panthers are already familiar with the Vanderbilt
Soccer Complex, as they played earlier this season in the
Vanderbilt/Puma Soccer Classic.
For Vanderbilt to have an opportunity to win, it will have
to stop forward Jason Thompson and midfielder Jimmy Klatter,
who have combined to score 15 goals this season.
Scouting the Braves
Bradley enters Friday nights contest with its best
record to begin a season since the 1998 season when it began
7-0-2. Back in 1998, the Braves undefeated streak came to
an end when they were defeated 1-0 by the Commodores in Nashville.
Head coach Jim DeRose has this years squad working
on all cylinders. What has made the Braves so dangerous this
season has been their ability to get points from pretty much
anyone who steps on the field. Midfielder Luke Kreamalmeyer
and forward Joe Ducci are Bradleys top two point scorers;
however, in there 10 games this season they combined to start
only 11 games. Both players have scored four goals and tallied
two assists for a total of 10 points, while mostly coming
off the bench for DeRoses squad.
Another dangerous aspect of Bradleys team is its depth.
A total of 19 players have at least registered one point and
of those players, 10 of them have recorded four points or
more. DeRose has tinkered with the line-up the entire season,
as only five players have started and played in 10 games.
As a whole, Bradleys offense has scored 28 goals and
registered 26 assists for 82 points.
On the other side of the field, the Braves defense
has been rock solid. While their offense has totaled 82 points,
their defense has surrendered a mere 15 points on five goals
and five assists. Senior defender Tim Regan has been the anchor
on the defensive side to DeRose. Regan has started and played
in nine games this season, and has been called upon the mark
the Braves opponents top offensive player.
Goalkeeper Chris Dunsheath has been a brick wall this season
for Bradley. The redshirt freshman, who stands at 6-4, has
played every single minute this season. Dunsheath has relinquished
an incredible 0.48 goals against average, while allowing only
five goals. Another incredible statistics is his six shutouts
he has recorded, which is tops in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Scouting the Panthers
Eastern Illinois enters Sundays game with one of the
top offensive players in the nation in senior forward Jason
Thompson. After a slow start to the 2002 season, the senior
has gotten back on track offensively. Thompson has tallied
10 goals for 20 points this season, while also leading the
team with 39 shots.
Thompsons presence on the field has made opposing defenses
focus all of their energy on him, which has allowed other
players to step up. Freshman midfielder Jimmy Klatter is second
on the team with five goals, but leads the team with four
assists. Both Thompson and Klatter have two game-winning goals
Goalkeeper Ryan Eames has been solid in net for head coach
Adam Howarth. In a little under 800 minutes of action, Eames
has allowed 1.70 goals per game, while recording 54 saves.